Lawn Mower Batteries
Replacing a mower battery might solve the problem if you’re experiencing difficulties in starting up your mower, especially if it’s a riding mower that has no other options other than a push button, electric start.
Some batteries for mowers do not take the same charge as a car battery, around 12-volts. However, some mower batteries use 6-volt starters, similar to a small motorcycle’s. Ergo, you’re going to have to be quite careful not to charge a 6-volt battery with a 12-volt charger (unless the charger has a switch, allowing you to toggle between the two volt measurements). One other hint: always check the marks on the terminals of the battery for positive and negative indicators. Because one is “red,” doesn’t mean that it’s the positive terminal. Make sure to check the indicators on the battery. You don’t want to chance it.
Mower batteries can be purchased in a number of stores. Sometimes outlet or discount stores will carry the size and voltage you need. One of the best places to look, of course, is on the Internet. We’ve talked a lot about the deals that you can find. And, instead of having to drive and look, taking time and gas, you can often search online and find the exact model you need without ever having to venture halfway across town. And, most times, the batteries will ship out the same day you order, so you won’t have to let the grass get too out of hand before getting a replacement. This is especially useful with mowers that might usually have hard to replace parts.
If you’re looking for a replacement battery for an electric mower, you’re going to have to search a little more to find an exact match. Most of the batteries last about five years with normal use and companies are striving to make longer-lasting, powerful batteries as we speak. A battery for an electric model will cost much more than that which uses gas as its main energy source. But, in the long run, you’ll save on the cost of gas, maintenance and oil. As we’ve mentioned elsewhere, an electric mower can run on about three- to five-cents per hour—which is a lot cheaper than a gas powered model.
In any regard, do some searching and see if you can find the exact model you need. Otherwise, be sure to match the dimensions (so the battery fits in its place) and the correct voltage if you’re going with a different model. Cheaper isn’t always better, and it’s best to go with a happy medium of price and quality.